rightstar76 wrote:Thank you AT for all that you do. And keeping the community informed. I would help out now if I could, but currently I can't. But for those who can, it sounds like a great opportunity to keep the trails open.
Our volunteers work year round on multiple programs to help the FS keep the forest open. There are positions for sedentary/disabled as well as active people. We have grant money to reimburse volunteers for mileage and food and gear that enables them to come on our work trips.
One weekend of service goes a long way to keeping the forest open and safe for all.
The biggest excuse we hear when people talk to us is a bad back. I have a gimpy shoulder and bad feet, and a painful hip. Pretty much all of us on trail crew have something we're nursing along - one of the FS guys tore up his shoulder skiing not long ago and he was out there helping. My significant other has a painful heel. It tires you out but the work is done with breaks and no one is asked to do tasks they cannot do, but there are so many different kinds of work that there really is something for everyone. Working visitor services is something anyone who can sit in a chair can do - we had a table at a trailhead on Memorial Day weekend educating visitors in resource protection aka LNT. We are staffing the High Sierra Ranger Station with volunteers this summer, otherwise it gets shut down and you'll have to get permits and info before you go over Kaiser Pass.
And if a person can't do any of that -- writing to Congress asking them to re-fund the Forest Service to restore staffing on the forest helps. Donating to one of the many volunteer orgs on the forest helps - Wilderness Corps, High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew, Stewards of the Sierra, the list is long.
A teenager hiking down the trail stopped, took off his backpack, and took a turn on the crosscut saw. We thanked him mightily for the time. I loaned him my PPE. It gave my shoulders and back a rest. Every little bit helps.